Belgium may be a small country, but it is the centre for NATO, the European Parliament, and many international organisations.
And though the Belge are an industrial and industrious people, they have given the world much pleasure: the comic strip Tin-Tin, internationally recognised chocolate, award winning Trappist beers, waffles, and moules et frites slathered in mayo.
In 2019, Belgians were expected to purchase $11 billion USD worth of goods and services via e-commerce, and that's growing at 7% annually. With 76% of its population using the internet and 23% of its companies engaged in e-commerce (versus a 14% average for the EU), Belgium is booming for business.
Easily compare the best and cheapest shipping options to Belgium through a variety of carriers using Secureship
Secureship provides safe and affordable shipping from Canada to Belgium. Whether you are an everyday shopper or a business,
you can easily save up to 50% on your international shipping costs by way of accessing our group buying power.
Shipments through Secureship come with full, easy to read tracking information to Belgium
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Jan 18, 2021
Leuven, LE, BE
Jan 17, 2021
Bruges, BR, BE
Jan 16, 2021
Ghent, GH, BE
Jan 16, 2021
Antwerp, AN, BE
Jan 16, 2021
Toronto, ON, CA
Jan 15, 2021
Ottawa, ON, CA
While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is
important to consult a licensed broker in Belgium before shipping any goods.
Types of Shipments
Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different
paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Here is a list of the most common types of shipments:
It is easy to ship your personal effects to Belgium from Canada.
By following the rules established by the European Union, you will be able to bring your goods into Belgium without paying duties and taxes.
DISCLAIMER: No information was found regarding students & non-student shipping personal effects to Spain.
However, since Spain is part of the EU, rules should be similar to other EU countries, such as Germany.
Therefore, personal effects should be exempt from duties and taxes.
If you are moving to Belgium from Canada permanently, you may bring your personal effects without paying duties and taxes by following a few rules.
You must ensure that your personal effects:
have been in your possession for at least 6 months
have been used by you in your residence in Canada for at least 6 months
are intended to be used by you in your new residence in Belgium
You have lived outside of the EU for at least 12 consecutive months
Your goods are to arrive in Belgium within 12 months of establishing your residence in Belgium
For a period of 1 year from living in Belgium, you are not to lend, rent or transfer your personal effects to anyone
Personal Effects Checklist
The following documents must be submitted to Customs officials in one of 3 languages: French, Dutch, or German, depending on the area of Belgium you are shipping your personal effects to.
5 copies and the original of the inventory list of your household goods; the list is to be dated and signed, and all electrical devices are to be listed with serial numbers
Paperwork proving that your residence has been outside of Belgium for at least 12 months
NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, Fedex, DHL), nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.
2. CI + an ATA Carnet
This option is great for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.
In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.
ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of this article. You can however, contact your local chamber of commerce and they will be able to guide you along. You can also find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/
In addition to the 2 options listed above, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:
The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, allowing for normal wear and tear; maintenance and minor repairs are allowed under certain conditions
If an ATA Carnet is used, the goods may stay no longer than 1 year in Belgium
NOTE: If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
Temporary Import Checklist
Commercial Invoice clearly stating "Temporary Import" including the return date. This must be written in the General Description section
Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods
Mgr. Georges Lemaî tre Catholic University of Louvain Place de l'Université 1 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium
Phone: +31 10 47 21 11
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera
Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926 Customs Broker: UPS Date: 15 Jan 2021
Description of Goods
Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export:Permanent/Sold Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming.
So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading
This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels -
These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.
When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.
Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Belgium. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.
When an item with a COO is imported into Belgium, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI)
Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise,
it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and
ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.
Import duties and taxes in Belgium are calculated based on the sum of the Customs Value, Insurance Amount, and Freight costs (shipping costs). This is known as CIF.
CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs
Using the CIF Value, you can predict how much duty & tax the recipient must pay to the Belgian government to receive their goods.
Some countries have a threshold below which duties and taxes are not charged. This is known as the de minimis value. For Belgium, the de miminis for duties is €150 (about $225 CDN) and for the VAT, €22 (about $45 CDN).
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value)
Duty Calculation Method
12% & 6% (Reduced)
(De minimis Value)
Tax Calculation Method
Duties on Imports
Since Canada signed a Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the EU, most duties on goods sold to Belgium are nil.
To take full advantage of the tariff rates provided under CETA, you will need to follow the rules of origin for your shipments. Refer to the
Guide to the CETA Rules of Origin
to help you through this process.
You can purchase
through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.
Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.
Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.
Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:
Liquids (including alcohol)
Jewelry in excess of $500
Glass or Ceramic
And many more items
For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.
Shipping to Belgium from Canada can take between 2-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform.
More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 2 months to complete the delivery.